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Pep Guardiola eliminated from Champions League last-16 for the first time as a manager

Pep Guardiola lost a stellar Champions League record as Manchester City were dumped out of the competition by Monaco in the last-16 of the tournament.<p>…

Uefa to sideline referee Deniz Aytekin after Barcelona win over Paris Saint-Germain

gossip<p>Deniz Aytekin is set to be sidelined by Uefa after the referee came under pressure for several decisions in Barcelona’s 6-1 win over Paris …

German parliament passes law against match fixing

Germany's lower house of parliament has passed a law against match fixing and betting fraud. Both the German football association and the company …

Kante wins London Player of the Year award

The Chelsea midfielder has seen off competition from the likes of Alexis Sanchez and team-mate Diego Costa to claim the capital's best player gong<p>Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has been named the London Payer of the Year.<p><b>Conte scoops Manager of the Year gong</b><p>The summer signing from champions …

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Leicester sack Claudio Ranieri less than a year after Premier League title

• Italian informed of decision on return from Sevilla tie • Roberto Mancini is early favourite to succeed Ranieri<p>Claudio Ranieri, the manager who led Leicester City to one of the more implausible success stories in history, has been sacked only nine months after taking a team of 5,000-1 outsiders …

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Alexis Sanchez March Organised by Chilean Fans Amid Latest Arsenal Exit Rumours

Link to Media<p>Chile fans have organised a march in the nation's capital, Santiago, in an attempt to persuade Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal.<p>According to <i>FourFourTwo</i>, a Facebook event entitled "National March for Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal" has been set up and already has over 5,000 …

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Van Basten hits out at media 'nonsense' but still against 'annoying' offside rule

The FIFA officer complained about "nonsense" media coverage over potential changes to rules in the game and hopes to open discussion on the subject<p>Marco van Basten believes controversy over his proposed changes to football's rules have been whipped up by the media but the former Netherlands star …

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Manchester United return to top of football rich list, ending Real Madrid's 11-year hold on first place

Manchester United have returned to first place in the Deloitte Football Money League for the first time in 13 years, breaking Real Madrid's 11-year stranglehold on top spot with record revenue.<p>The Money League has listed the top 20 clubs in the world for revenue in each season since 1996/97.<p>In the …

Louis van Gaal tells why winning FA Cup with Man United was his biggest prize - "My head was in a noose for six months"

Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has described last season’s FA Cup triumph as the “biggest trophy of his career”.<p>The Dutchman endured a …

'It is not about winning in any way possible' - Iniesta insists Barcelona have duty to entertain

The midfielder has stressed that the Catalans must do all they can to ensure the club's philosophy survives<p>Andres Iniesta has underlined the importance of the Barcelona philosophy and has stressed playing good football is as important as winning games for the Liga champions.<p>Barca have been accused …

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Messi donates boots to Jordi Cruyff

The Barcelona forward has given his new footwear to the former Netherlands international, who played at Camp Nou in the 1990s<p>December is usually the time for gift giving and helping out those in need. So to keep up with tradition, Lionel Messi has donated his new boots to former Barcelona forward …

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Barcelona wins, but Messi falls short of Ronaldo’s goal record

Lionel Messi opened the scoring in Barcelona's 4-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday, but fell short of matching Cristiano Ronaldo's goal record in the group stage of the Champions League.<p>Messi struck his 10th group-stage goal this season, one less than the 11 netted by Ronaldo with …

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Former FIFA president Blatter loses appeal against ban | Reuters

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has lost his appeal against a six-year ban for ethics violations, imposed amid the biggest corruption scandal to shake the world soccer body, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Monday.<p>Former FIFA President Sepp …

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Cristiano Ronaldo named Player of the Year

<b>After an annus mirabilis which saw him win the Champions League and the European Championships, Cristiano Ronaldo is once again World Soccer's Player of the Year.</b><p>Cristiano Ronaldo, a European champion for both club and country in 2016, is <i>World Soccer’s</i> World Player of the Year.<p>A winner in 2008, …

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Dortmund star challenges Usain Bolt to sprint showdown

<b>(CNN) —</b> Usain Bolt has fended off many challengers, but how would he do against lightning fast football star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang?<p>In 2013, Borussia Dortmund's Gabon international clocked 3.7 seconds in a 30-meter training run -- eight hundredths of a second faster than Bolt over the same …

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Chelsea's Moses wins PFA Fans' Premier League Player of the Month

The 25-year-old has excelled since being deployed as a wing-back in Antonio Conte's 3-4-3 system, with supporters recognising his contributions<p>Victor Moses has been voted the PFA Fans' Premier League Player of the Month for November.<p><b>The Victor Moses story: From the Gareth Bale of youth football to</b> …

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Bastian Schweinsteiger on Manchester United bench for West Ham tie as Henrikh Mkhitaryan starts

Bastian Schweinsteiger is on Manchester United's bench for the EFL Cup tie against West Ham United.<p>The midfielder returns to Jose Mourinho's …

Messi streaks ahead in personal goal battle with Ronaldo

Both players have been predictably potent in front of goal in 2015-16, but the numbers suggest that Barcelona need their star far more than their perennial rivals do<p>Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have proved far and away the most prolific goalscorers of the last decade, but it is the Argentine …

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Zaha pledges allegiance to Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast have secured the international future of Wilfried Zaha, who had previously played in two friendlies for England.<p>Wilfried Zaha has opted to represent Ivory Coast at international level after struggling to add to his two England appearances.<p>Enrique disgusted with Barca<p>The Crystal Palace …

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Brazil move above Germany in FIFA rankings

Impressive form under Tite has seen the Selecao close in on rivals Argentina at the top of the FIFA standings, while England have dropped to 13th spot<p>Argentina remain top of the FIFA rankings despite their struggle for consistency in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, with Brazil replacing reigning …

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Steven Gerrard Retires from Football: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Link to Media<p>Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard officially announced his retirement from football on Thursday after an 18-year career at the peak of the sport, 17 of which were spent in the Premier League.<p>Rob Harris of the Associated Press confirmed Gerrard's plan to hang up his boots, and the Press …

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Steven Gerrard retires: England and the Premier League has lost one of their most influential players

By his own measure, he is not a "legend" - nor will he ever be.<p>But it is only now Steven Gerrard has gone, having called time on his playing career, …

U.S. Soccer Reaches Back To The Past To Kickstart Its Future

Bruce Arena is getting his old job back.<p>Arena is the winningest coach in the history of the United States Men's national team and is the only person to lead the U.S. team at two FIFA World Cups.<p>The announcement of Arena's return to the team comes a day after U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati …

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in Carlos Kameni, Barcelona encounter the immovable object

<b>While Real cruised to victory in the Madrid derby, Barcelona failed to score for the first time in 637 days.</b><p>“Operation Leadership,” they called it, but the mission failed, run aground against Carlos Kameni before news from Madrid, 600km away, made it even worse. On Saturday morning, they had hoped …

Ibrahimovic wins Swedish Player of the Year award for 10th year running

The Swedish FA are now planning to erect a statue in homage to the great man as he once more walked off with the Golden Ball title given to the country's best player<p>Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will have to make room in his trophy cabinet for yet another Swedish Player of the Year …

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Scandinavian scorpion kick joins Messi, Neymar goals on shortlist | Reuters

ZURICH (Reuters) - A goal scored with a scorpion kick in the Swedish league was included on the shortlist for FIFA’s goal of the year award on Monday along with efforts from Lionel Messi and Neymar.<p>Football Soccer - Villarreal v Liverpool - UEFA Europa League Semi Final First Leg - El Madrigal …

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Cristiano Ronaldo hits hat-trick as Real beats Atletico in Madrid Derby

<b>(CNN) —</b> Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 39th Real Madrid hat-trick to give Zinedine Zidane's side a comfortable win over Atletico in the Madrid Derby.<p>The Portuguese star added a second-half penalty and tap-in to his early free-kick, as Los Blancos earned all three points in what was the final clash …

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Jurgen Klinsmann out as coach of US soccer team

Jurgen Klinsmann is out as coach of the U.S. soccer team.<p>U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati announced Monday that Klinsmann has been "relieved of his duties" as coach and technical director for U.S. Soccer. Gulati will conduct a media teleconference call Tuesday.<p>Klinsmann replaced Bob …

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Guardiola could hand Toure Champions League recall

The Manchester City manager says he may have made a mistake by dropping the Ivorian earlier in the season but is now open to all possibilities.<p>Pep Guardiola says he may have made a mistake by dropping Yaya Toure and is open to the idea of bringing the midfielder back into his Champions League squad.<p>…

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar Headline UEFA Team of Year 2016 Nominees

Link to Media<p>UEFA revealed the nominees for its Team of the Year on Monday, featuring regular contenders like Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and the Barcelona duo of Neymar and Lionel Messi. Stoke City's Joe Allen surprisingly also made the 40-man list ahead of Arsenal's Mesut Ozil.<p>Per …

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